RPA Statement regarding Danny Cipriani

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Danny Cipriani runs with the ball during the Gloucester training session held at Kingsholm Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Gloucester, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The RPA was surprised to learn the RFU had charged Danny Cipriani with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.

Given that it related to an off-field, non-rugby related incident that occurred on club time, and had already been dealt with by the Jersey courts, we believe that it was appropriate for the matter to be dealt with by the club through its own disciplinary procedures. As Gloucester have now completed this process, we believe this should close the matter. We will be raising this directly with the RFU.